Is it safe to take avonex (interferon beta 1a) while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Not a good idea. All interferons are considered to have potential for teratogenic risk, and should be discontinued prior to conception and pregnancy. Meds should be restarted after labor and delivery, but if breastfeeding, would not take Avonex (interferon beta 1a) at that time either. Copaxone far safer for pregnancy and works far better than avonex, (interferon beta 1a) which is clearly the least effective ms drug on the market. Consider a change.
Unknown. A category c drug. Risks shown in animal studies, unknown in humans. Use should be determined between the patient and her physcian based on risks vs benefits. There may not be any other alternatives for a specific patient. Unknown safety in nursing.

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I am 48 year old woman and diagnosed with MS few years ago. I am using Avonex (interferon beta 1a) weekly. I like to do some plastic surgery. Is plastic surgery safe with ms?

Yes. Plastic cosmetic surgery will not affect MS one way or another. Good luck for a pretty look. Read more...
Should be no problem. Outpatient surgeries are not contraindicated by a diagnosis of MS. You should be clear to proceed and at low risk of complications. Read more...
No problem. Would not have any reluctance to see you have necessary plastic surgery, as neither anesthesia or the procedure will affect your MS. BUT, I have little regard for Avonex (interferon beta 1a) as a medication to treat MS, as there are far better medications available, in fact 12 other choices. Might discuss this with your physician. Read more...

I have MS & battle anxiety/panic; I do not like taking scrips; do you know about nuphorin a natural supp & does it work or interfere with avonex (interferon beta 1a) med?

Natural doc. Please do what your present doc advises you to do but you might also consider a natural or holistic doc. Ronald hoffman, md, in nyc is one. The very best to you. Read more...
Facts. If you have MS, and not doing well, you absolutely need to be taking a specific disease modifying therapy, and Avonex (interferon beta 1a) is by far the least effective on the market, as 4 head to head studies have shown inferiority. The sole OTC agent of any value in MS is Vitamin D-3, and you are wasting time and money seeking supplements to manage MS. See a good neurologist and get stabilized. Read more...